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Cardno proudly supports women and girls in science

Cardno proudly supported the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Monday 11 February 2019.

This inaugural Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

The initiative is a reminder that women and girls play an acute role in science and technology societies and that their participation should be strengthened.

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Sarah McCulloch - Graduate Environmental Engineer based in Perth, Western Australia

Although women and girls have made extraordinary progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields.

According to the United Nations, a significant gender gap has persevered throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines across the globe.

Western Australia's Graduate Environmental Engineer, Sarah McCulloch said there is a strong need to increase the awareness of STEM for young women and girls throughout our secondary and higher education institutions.

"I think we need to grow the awareness of STEM subjects amongst the younger generation in order to help increase the percentage of female engineers and scientists working in the future."

"This is partly the reason why I joined Girls in Engineering whilst I was studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia. It's a great program, which inspires young female students to take advantage of STEM subjects and become aware of the many rewarding career pathways available," Sarah said.

Sarah believes this profession will allow her and other experts in their field to help people in their communities and generate a positive impact on our environment.

"My role at Cardno has given me wonderful opportunities early on in my career. I am currently working on some challenging, yet rewarding projects in Western Australia and overseas."

Cardno has many talented female scientists, architects, and engineer professionals throughout the world and as a company, we strive to continue to raise the profile of women in the industry.